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Men's death sentences upheld in Thailand 

backpacker murders appeal

Wai Phyo, at left, and Zaw Lin are paraded in front of the media on Oct. 3, 2014, shortly after their arrest on Koh Tao.

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were convicted of the murders of Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, and David Miller, 24, of Jersey, in December 2015.

The controversial investigation was marred by questions over the quality of the DNA testing on which the conviction was based.

Lawyers for the two men can now appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Appeals Court on Wednesday announced its decision to uphold the death sentences for two migrant workers convicted of a brutal 2014 double homicide on Koh Tao.

In its ruling, made secretly on Feb. 23, the Koh Samui court said evidence presented by the state in the original trial was adequate and reliable, and therefore declined to overturn the December 2015 verdict condemning two Myanmar men to die for the deaths of two British tourists.

The ruling came as a surprise to defense lawyers, who said they had no knowledge the court made a ruling last week, which it apparently relayed to their clients without notification.

“We will definitely petition the Supreme Court,” defense lawyer Nakhon Chompuchart said Wednesday afternoon, adding that he could not comment further because he had not yet seen the decision.



Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, migrant workers on the island, were convicted of the September 2014 murders of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge largely on the basis of DNA traces police said were recovered from the crime scene and Witheridge’s body. No other physical evidence or witness testimony directly linked them to the crime.

The defense was never allowed to independently test the evidence on its own, and cast doubt on the integrity of the police investigation. The trial came after an investigation widely criticized for unprofessional bungling, and accusations that desperate investigators arrested two men on the margins of society for use as scapegoats.

The two are being held at the Bang Kwang Central Prison in Bangkok and were not in court today.

Unlike the lower court, no witnesses were called during the appeals process; instead, the court simply “reinterpreted” evidence and testimony already entered into the record during trial.

The appeal filed in May by the defense team said the prosecution lacked hard evidence implicating Zaw and Wai, such as documents or photographs. Moreso, it said police collected evidence unlawfully and not in line with international standards.

Police have consistently denied misconduct in their handling of the evidence and rejected accusations that torture was used to extract confessions in the case.



UNBELIEVABLE: The parents really have 

been blindfolded haven't they.



THAILAND WILL SEND TWO INNOCENT 

PEOPLE TO DEATH..!!



THEY NOT KILL THEM..!!


In fact, everybody knows the murders and the 

cover-up were the work of the Tuwichian clan 

who control the island. 


The parents of Jerseyman David Miller, who was killed in Thailand in 2014, say they are confident the court has "made the correct decision" by upholding a guilty verdict in the trial into his murder.

Two Burmese men, Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, were convicted of the murder of David and the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge in 2015.

Today a Court of Appeal in Thailand upheld the guilty verdict handed down to the pair.


Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo will now have time in jail to reflect on their horrific crimes.

– STATEMENT BY THE MILLER FAMILY

Speaking about the decision, the Miller family have said they believe the "Thai police have found the killers" and "the Thai court process has been visibly very fair and effective."

They added "Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo will now have time in jail to reflect on their horrific crimes."

Lin and Phyo face the death penalty, but the Miller family are asking for leniency in the sentence.

We have lost our son David forever and the Witheridge family will have been similarly devastated by this crime. There is not a day that goes by in our home without pain, feelings of loss and utter sadness.

We are proud of our son and what he achieved in his short life. We miss him terribly and miss his hugs, beaming smiles and infectious enthusiasm. His life was cruelly destroyed.

– STATEMENT BY THE MILLER FAMILY

WRONG, THOSE PEOPLE DON'T DO THIS 

CRIME, THEY ARE SCAPEGOATS, THEY 

ARE NOT THE KILLERS, THE ISLAND 

MAFIA DID IT.

One more time: 

In fact, everybody knows the murders and the 

cover-up were the work of the Tuwichian clan 

who control the island. 


Source: Khaosod & ITV

1 reacties:

  1. THOSE TWO ARE INNOCENT AND SCAPEGOATS..!!

    Men's death sentences upheld in Thailand backpacker murders appeal

    DISGUSTING but sadly expected. Rotten from top to bottom.
    "In its ruling, made secretly: Koh Samui court said evidence presented by the state in the original trial was adequate and reliable"
    NOT adequate and NOT reliable. Two words come from the appeal judge, adequate and reliable , not to mention the secrecy of the decision
    Shame on Thailand and the corrupt people who run this so called justice system..!!

    I Hope the World hears of this and , justice is done..

    The DNA on the murder weapon did not belong to either of them, so how did they do the murder?

    The other DNA evidence was discredited by the countrys leading expert. Wrongly handled, wrongly stored, incorrectly processed for the "match."
    There was no other evidence against them. Please tell us your logic as to how the verdict is safe.

    AND FOR THE PARENTS WHO BELIEVE THEY DID IT:

    “The parents of Jerseyman David Miller, who was killed in Thailand in 2014, say they are confident the court has "made the correct decision" by upholding a guilty verdict in the trial into his murder”.

    OPEN YOUR EYES AND MIND..!!

    UNBELIEVABLE: The parents really have been blindfolded haven't they.

    THAILAND WILL SEND TWO INNOCENT PEOPLE TO DEATH..!!

    THEY NOT KILL THEM..!!

    WRONG, THOSE PEOPLE DON'T DO THIS CRIME, THEY ARE SCAPEGOATS, THEY ARE NOT THE KILLERS, THE ISLAND MAFIA DID IT..!!

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